The Smite World Championship (or SWC) is bringing the top eight teams from around the world to compete this weekend. This championship is being held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia with a prize pool of $2,581,056 (Yes, you read that correctly).
Leading up to the event, Hi-Rez released The Odyssey, where fans can purchase exclusive in-game items and help contribute to the prize pot. After 20 weeks, the prize pool has surprassed $2.5 million and has become the third highest e-sports prize pool.
The teams competing for the championship are Cognitive Red (North America), Cognitive Prime (North America), Titan (Europe), SK Gaming (Europe), Oh My God (China), DID (China), Name Not Found (Latin America), and We Love Bacon (Latin America).
The tournament will run January 9th – 11th, with the first match starting on Friday at 11:30 am EST.
The SWC is also hosting a Smite Cosplay Contest over the weekend with a prize pool of $5000. The top judged male and female cosplayers will each win $2500.
If you can’t make it to Atlanta, there are still plenty of places you can watch the championship online.
As always, Twitch is a great go-to for watching eSports events. Smite has an official channel that will be streaming the event all weekend long. Watching the event is free on Twitch, however, fans can subscribe for a SWC digital pass and will recieve the 2015 Tyr Convention God Skin, SWC Ares God Skin, SWC Ward Skin, and access to the subscriber-only chat during the championship.
If you’re not looking for watching live, you can get videos and highlight videos from the official Smite Youtube channel.
Bonus: Check out the new Smite cinematic trailer in the header that was just released in time for SWC!
A product from the folks who brought you Gamer Launch and GameSkinny, Banter is an Android and iOS application (available for free on the app store) that allows you to listen in on official streams for big ticket events — including the Smite World Championship.
For mobile usage, while the event is going on, Banter is a great way to listen in on teams and matches without hogging tons of bandwidth or waiting for videos to buffer. Think of it like people listening to radio play-by-plays of the Red Sox (or your favorite MLB team). You can find more information about Banter on the App Store page, as well as on Google Play.
Stay tuned on GS for more coverage about the Smite World Championship.